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Student Employment

Rutgers Recreation Employment Opportunities

Recreation is one of the largest employers of students on campus. We are highly committed to proving an employment experience that will provide you with unique learning and development opportunities.

Whether you supervise facilities, instruct classes, lead trips, officiate intramural sports, ensure safety, or provide business or technology support, every position allows you to acquire, refine and showcase your talents and strengths that will prepare you for life “beyond the Banks”.

The National Association of Collegiate Employers (NACE) has identified several competencies needed to be career ready.  We are confident if you invest with us, you will meet new people, develop these necessary skills and feel good about helping to build a healthy Rutgers Community.

Recreation Offers a Wide Range of Employment Opportunities

  • To be eligible for student employment, individuals must be currently enrolled at the University with full-time status (minimum 12 credits undergraduate, 9 credits graduate).
  • For a list of typical positions available within recreation and to see when job openings exist, follow Recreation on Handshake. Here you can receive notifications when other positions are accepting applications and see complete job descriptions.
  • Some positions require current certifications which may be available through Recreation.
  • Some positions require a successful background check and completion of Protection of Minors Training.
  • For all positions, special consideration is given to those students supporting their academic endeavors through the Federal Work Study Program.
  • Before applying, please prepare a resume (for assistance, see here.)
  • Email us at with any questions.

Below are brief descriptions of positions that Rutgers Recreation employs throughout the year. To view a full job description and to receive notifications when other positions are accepting applications, follow Recreation on Handshake.

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Job Descriptions

Aquatics Instructor

Provides competent, safe instruction as established by the American Red Cross Learn to Swim program. Plans and effectively organizes class time for maximum practice. Prepares weekly lesson plans and teaches with encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Camp Counselor

Responsible for the safe and enjoyable participation of campers aged 5-14 years in all activities. Acts as an enthusiastic and positive role model while supporting instructors and administrative staff.

Facility Assistant

Assists with equipment and facility inspection and maintenance, including transportation and set up. Assists with administrative tasks including inputting data for inventory, work orders, and inspection tracking.

Exercise is Medicine – On Campus Coach

Exercise is Medicine – On Campus Coach – The EIM-OC Coach will provide management of an appointment-based system that provides one-on-one exercise prescriptions. The Coach will represent the EIM-OC program, deliver presentations, and attend promotional events. The EIM-OC Coach must have a current personal training certification, a strong background in fitness, and be competent in providing exercise prescriptions. This position requires virtual and in-person work dictated by the current need of the program. The position is 8 – 15 hrs. per week.

Exercise is Medicine - On Campus Student Leader

EIM-OC Student Leaders serve during the academic year (September – May) as part of the EIM-OC leadership team, providing a minimum of 30 hours of service each semester. Student leaders will represent the program and its initiatives at university events and engage in relevant programming and promotional opportunities.

Fitness & Wellness Class Instructor

Teaches, leads, and motivates participants through intentionally designed group fitness & wellness classes. CPR/AED and format specific certifications required.

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Intramural Official

Facilitates intramural sport contests. Upholds sport rules and enforces penalties to ensure sportsmanship and maximum enjoyment by all.


Maintains constant surveillance of patrons in the facility; acts immediately and appropriately to secure the safety of patrons in the event of an emergency. Provides emergency care and treatment as required until the arrival of emergency medical services. American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification required.

Massage Therapist

Performs therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints to provide health and wellness benefits. NJ Massage Therapy Licensing and CPR/AED and First Aid certifications required.

Office Assistant

Provides administrative support for facility, service, and/or programming area(s) within the department.

Personal Trainer 

Provides assessments and develops individualized exercise programs for clients. CPR/AED and personal training certifications required.

Recreation Assistant

Delivers superior front-line customer service to Recreation visitors and callers, managing facility access, equipment lending, sales, and disseminating information. Supervises fitness centers, ensuring policy compliance, facility cleanliness, and exceptional patron support. Must be CPR/AED and First Aid certified, which is incorporated into our comprehensive training program.

Rock Gym Belayer

Responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the College Ave. Gym rock wall in addition to ensuring a safe and comfortable climbing environment for our patrons. Join a tight-knit group of highly trained individuals with opportunities for formal certifications and teaching experience.

Trip Leader

Provides leadership for the GO Outdoors program by ensuring a quality experience for all participants. Ensures the safety of guests by following all GO Outdoors policies and procedures. This paid position provides numerous training and certification opportunities.